"Scratch" Kitchen the Best. As many folks know, the best dishes start with the best ingredients. This is one area where the Gulf Rim is excellent: good food prepared with care. I generally order off of the specials menu, but the staples are consistent and reliable. Try the smoked salmon dip... exemplary! I like it for lunch, but also go in the evenings sometime for dinner and drinks. Tuesday is half price beer night, and Wendesday is half price bottles of wine. That's the best deal in town on Wednesday for food made from scratch and a good pairing of wine. Highly recommended.
Poor food, poor service, poor health score. Well we were seated rather fast, the only positive I have from our experience. Though, I wish we had been seated somewhere without a view of the kitchen. The cooks looked as if they just rolled out of bed and put on yesterday's dirty clothes. Not a good sign being that it was almost 7pm. 2 of the items we attempted to order off the rather small menu were unavailable. Our food took way to long to come out, which the server apolagized for. It was clear this happens often and I hope for her sake she's on her way to better things. The health score was a 91, not so great, but after reading other reviews I guess its better than their previous 85.5 It seems all together this is a poorly run operation, I will not be returning.
Dear fellow restaurant eaters:
I recently went out to dinner with my wife to the Gulf Rim Cafe. Within moments of our arrival, the owner came over and sat down at our table. He proceeded to drink 4 glasses of wine and talk about anything and everything. I do not drink. We intended to have dinner alone for a private little celebration.
Then, as we watched what we think was the cook, who was in a dirty t-shirt and jeans, handle first fish, then meat, then my wife's chicken, we were mortified. She is severely allergic to fish. They served it to her and we had to refuse it. The owner acted like it was not his fault. But of course he was drunk.
Then, I noticed the health department rating, 85%.
This is how people die each year from allergies to food-owners to don't care. I do not recommend this restaurant to anyone who values their health. My wife could have had a severe allergic reactino to the fish had I not seen what was occurring in their open kitchen.
I'm still considering reporting this to the county health department and filing a formal complaint against this restaurant-absolutely the worst meal and uninvited companionship I ever encountered.
Stick to the fish. The food varies from mediocre to strange depending on what you order and the service is consistently poor and slow. Two of our parties plates were left sitting on the counter for more than 5 minutes; the waitress looked at them frequently but apparently decided she would wait for the full order before delivering to the table -so cold food for two of us. Ordered the Flying Mayan which is listed as sweet potatoes and black beans in a tortilla with guacamole, sour cream and salsa. Who would think it would be filled with garlic mashed sweet potatoes? Mashed! Did they overcook the sweet potatoes and then decide to go with it as an experiment? Very strange. Maybe the fish is better but for price I will go elsewhere. I hate paying too much for bad food and service.
Good food, reasonable prices. November 2009 - Shrimp and grits with andouille was very good, a little unique style. Look forward to trying the crawfish etoufee next time. Entrees very reasonably priced.
Flying Fish passes with flying colors. I would like to say how much i enjoyed my last visit to Hillsborough's Flying Fish. I took my fiance to dine there on valentine's night. We weren't able to be seated right away, as they were very busy, which is a good thing as my fiance and i decided to wait at the bar. There we met the bartender Claire, who served us Flying Fish original valentine themed cocktails. Once we were seated our server Deirdre greeted us imediately, and was very helpful with assisting us with the menu. Once the food came it was presented wonderfully and was insanely delicious (I had the "Surf and Turf"), as were the deserts featured that night. I decided to ask to speak to the manager, to compliment them on our great experience. To my surprise I found out that the manager was our server. It was so interesting to meet a restaurant manager so involved in every aspect of the business (I mean she got us our ketchup, and refills). To sum up I very much enjoyed my visit and would reccomend this restaurant to anyone looking for great food and great atmosphere. Thank you Flying Fish.
Fresh seafood of the finest quality. I am the manager of The Flying Fish and would like to respond to the previous review. There is no possibility that the reviewer got sick from our stew. Our seafood is always fresh and top quality. If our stew had been bad, other people would have reported illness, but no one else did. We received a threatening letter from the reviewer demanding money without any documentation of medical treatment. We will not be blackmailed, so we did not reply. I am always happy to take care of legitimate customer complaints, but this is clearly not legitimate.
FOOD POI$ONING - RUDE TREATMENT.
I got food poi$oning from the seafood chowder here. Granted eating seafood has inherent risk., but I was treated very rudely by an employee when I called to warn about potentially tainted food. I wrote a letter to the owner about the employee to which I never received a response.
I wouldn't recommend this place.
Awesome!!. We love this restaurant. Every time we eat at the Flying Fish it gets better. We have been around--we lived in New York and Los Angeles--and this is our favorite restaurant in this area. We love the scallops, the shrimp tacos, and the mojitos. The music they play is always cool, and everyone who works there is really nice. The vibe is definitely casual, but the food is top-notch--creative and interesting, but not pretentious.
Tasty cuisine, casual, fun experience. We love this restaurant. The food is unique, more labor intensive and varied than many. We love the outdoor dining option. Their service is friendly too. Try their Sunday brunch too, excellent.
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